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I have spent the past 3 years doing some form of chemo with a few radiation sessions thrown in for good measure. During that time I have been fortunate enough to have sat in a chair next to a young person in the infusion room. Usually we don't see them as most do their treatments at Children's. I say fortunate because these young people fighting cancer are the most upbeat, positive people I have ever met. In spite of the difficulties of chemo and the negative prognosis they remain cheerful and offer nothing but encouragement to fellow patients. They know everything there is to know about the disease they battle. They know everything there is to know about the drugs or treatments they face and the side affects. The kids I talked with will look you straight in the eye and without fear discuss their mortality with candor.

I am an old fart and have lived an interesting life without regrets but the kids fighting cancer have shown me more about living than I learned in 60 plus years on my own. We need a cure for cancer for the children.
 
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